August 8, 2012

Brazil's #MarcoCivil

The country may be close to passing the continent's first Internet bill of rights.

"Marco Civil", otherwise known as Brazil's internet bill of rights, could lead the way for more rights-based government policies on online freedoms. If passed, it would make the nation one of the first to guarantee net neutrality in South America. One of the unique features of the bill is that it was posted online for public consultation, drawing thousands of contributions from Brazilian netizens.

In this segment of The Stream, we speak to Paulo Rená (@prenass), researcher at the Center for Technology and Society; Markus Barenhoff (@alios), vice chairman of the German Pirate Party; and Katherine Maher (@krmaher), policy fellow at Access.

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